Gold Line Officials Exempted From State’s Conflicting Offices Law

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY (CBS) — California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Friday a bill that specifically exempts officials of a San Gabriel Valley light-rail project from another state law that prohibits them from holding numerous public offices with interests that could conflict.

The measure by Assemblywoman Norma Torres and five colleagues applies to board members and board alternates of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, which is now building an 11-mile light-rail segment between Pasadena and Azusa.

State Law generally forbids public officials from serving on multiple boards, commissions, city councils and other governing bodies with interests that could possibly clash.

Torres’ legislation is designed to neutralize a complaint to the state attorney general filed by Christopher Sutton, a Pasadena attorney who is representing a property owner involved in a condemnation dispute with the rail agency.

After the complaint was filed, three officials resigned from the board, including Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes.

Reyes said he did so to protect his position on the council in case the attorney general concluded that he held incompatible offices.

  • Ron

    Why do these politicians deserve to be exempted from these laws? Laws are necessary to prevent CORRUPT politicians from benefiting from conflict of interest. We should NOT exempt ANY politicians.

  • t.s

    Hey look at me, I have laws made up just to protect me……and people worry about the Sheriffs Dept…..its time to focus on the private sector…..Simpson voices get 400,000 per episode…….and you want to complain about cops and firefighters……lets just makes laws to fit what we want, the gold line did it.

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